Global COVID-19 death toll exceeds 4 million

Global COVID-19 death toll exceeds 4 million #Baaghi

June 18, 2021: Coronavirus-related deaths worldwide passed a grim milestone of 4 million on Thursday, according to a Reuters tally, as many countries struggle to procure enough vaccines to inoculate their populations.

The United States, Brazil, India, Russia and Mexico – the top five countries in terms of total deaths account for about 50% of the world’s deaths, with Peru, Hungary, Bosnia, the Czech Republic and Gibraltar having the highest death rates which is more when adjusted for population.

According to a Reuters analysis, Latin American countries are experiencing the worst outbreaks since March, with 43 out of every 100 infections reported in that region. The nine countries with the highest number of deaths in the past week were in Latin America.

Hospitals in Bolivia, Chile and Uruguay are seeing large numbers of COVID-19 patients between the ages of 25 and 40 as the trend continues towards younger patients. In Sao Paulo, Brazil, 80% patients in the ICU are are suffering from Covid 19.

Rising mortality in many countries is putting pressure on the operating capacity of cemeteries and in many countries cemeteries have been forced to build new cemeteries row after row. India and Brazil are the countries that report the highest number of deaths every day on an average of seven days and are still worried about the lack of last rites and burial places.

According to a Reuters analysis, India has one in three deaths worldwide every day. Many health experts believe that the number of official deaths worldwide has dropped after the World Health Organization (WHO) estimated the death toll to be much higher. Last week, the Indian state of Bihar sharply increased the number of deaths in its COVID-19 after discovering thousands of unreported cases, cementing the concerns that India’s total death toll from official figures was much less than the actual figures.

As poorer nations struggle to vaccinate their populations due to a shortage of vaccines, rich nations are urged to donate as much as they can to control epidemics. “The main problem in the Americas is access to vaccines, not vaccine acceptance,” said Carissa Etienne, director of the Pan American Health Organization, urging donor countries to send shots as soon as possible.

Rich countries from the Group of Seven (G7) pledged to provide 1 billion CoV-19 vaccines to help poorer countries get vaccinated against their populations.

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